Today started auspiciously enough with a fine calling Yellow Wagtail heading south over Ainsdale Discovery Centre as I parked up at 0720, glowing in the early morning light, before it disappeared over the dunes.
Despite the continuing blue skies a slightly stronger and cooler easterly was blowing over the site before the mercury rocketed.
Good numbers of finches were on the move – from 0730 to 1130 I had plenty of parties of Redpolls buzzing through, sometimes one or two birds, sometimes up to seven, with four groups of Siskins.
Two Tree Pipits joined the morning Mipitry, and a calling Crossbill circled over the sheep enclosure.
Warbler-wise things were constant, although a closer look at a male Whinchat near Ainsdale Discovery Centre on the way out revealed it to be a different bird from Friday’s (today’s individual had a white flash beneath the lores, which the earlier bird lacked…)
Still a cracker though.
Otherwise today’s totals around my circuit south of the ADC were as follows:
Yellow Wagtail 1 south; Redpoll 33; Whitethroat 10; Tree Pipit 2; Willow Warbler 18 singing; Wheatear 6; Gropper 2; Siskin 8-12; Swallow 9; Sand Martin 3; Crossbill 1; Stock Dove 1; Blackcap 2; Whinchat 1 male; Sedge Warbler 2.
Plus the regulars…I wonder what’ll turn up next.
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